‘Duff deserves it’ - Former Clarets boss Cotterill

Former Burnley manager Steve Cotterill signed Michael Duff from his former club Cheltenham Town

Former Burnley manager Steve Cotterill signed Michael Duff from his former club Cheltenham Town

  • Steve Cotterill signed Duff from Cheltenham Town for just £30,000
  • Cotterill described the signing as a ‘calculated risk’
  • Duff has since to go on to win promtion to the Premier League with Burnley twice
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Former Clarets boss Steve Cotterill admits the success Michael Duff has enjoyed at Burnley “couldn’t happen to a nicer lad.”

Cotterill went back to his old club Cheltenham Town to sign Duff for £30,000 in the summer of 2004, and the rest is history.

Michael Duff in his Cheltenham Town days

Michael Duff in his Cheltenham Town days

Duff has since racked up over 350 appearances for Burnley, winning two promotions to the Premier League.

And after he was granted a testimonial for his services at Turf Moor, a proud Cotterill, who was also his boss at Whaddon Road, said: “I think there were a few inspired signings who ended up doing really well for Burnley Football Club, but Duffo is certainly one of them.

“I knew him from such a young age, 15 or 16, and it was really important he ended up doing well, because I didn’t want it to look like I brought him in just because I liked him. But he’s had an unbelievable career, and it’s testimony to him.

“He’s had a life in football, and I’m sure when his career comes to a close, he’ll make a good coach and potentially a manager as well.”

He’s been arguably one of Burnley’s best-ever signings

Steve Cotterill

Cotterill described him as a “calculated risk” and he explained: “I thought it was a big jump at the time, but, all credit to him, he’s been brilliant.

“He’s been arguably one of Burnley’s best-ever signings for what he cost and what he’s achieved.

“He’s a great lad, a fantastic professional, and he’s got better as he’s got older.

“He’s played at every level possible - from the Southern League Midland Division, to the Southern League, the Conference, League 1 and 2, the Championship, Premier League and he’s a full international.

Michael Duff gets away from Reading's Paul Brooker in his first season at Turf Moor

Michael Duff gets away from Reading's Paul Brooker in his first season at Turf Moor

“If you’d told him when he was 15 or 16 and on loan at Cirencester in the Midland Division, he would have the career he’s had, he would probably have never believed it.

“But you give plenty of opportunities to people, and it is up to them whether they take them. He has with both hands and it couldn’t happen to a nicer lad.

“I hope the Burnley public go along and fill the stadium for his game, that would be wonderful and very well deserved.”